A Guide to Bullet Journaling

We live in a busy era and time is becoming more valuable than ever.

Obligations can become overwhelming, especially if many of them need to be done to an exact date. How to be more efficient and save more time?

Let me tell you about my journey of planning and organization; How I’ve started, where I’ve made mistakes and so on.

I’ve been journaling since high school, simply because I had too many hobbies (I was drawing, writing novels, making pottery, did yoga and went to the gym regularly).

I didn’t know how to manage to practice them all at the same time, so I started simply with writing daily tasks during school classes. As time has passed,  I realized I forget less, have more free time and am more productive. My grades got better, and I was happier.

From writing into school notebooks, I came to making my planner. I would be more than happy to share what I know about organizing tasks, and why I highly recommend bullet journaling.

What is a bullet journal?

The bullet journal is a planner system devised by Ryder Carrol, and it’s quite simple to make.

It contains a combination of individual elements, such as an index, monthlies, dailies, collections, and a future log. You can adjust it on your own, but these are some of the basics that should be included, especially monthlies and dailies.

Don’t worry, I will explain it as briefly as I can.

How to make one

The only supplies you need are a blank notebook and something to write with. It can be fancy and glittery, or just a regular laptop. It can contain lines or blank papers.

It’s cheap and easy; you don’t need to spend way too much on planners. Furthermore, you include in it exactly what you need.

The main thing is “bullet system,” which is organizing your obligations with bullets.

There is an official Bullet Journal you can purchase, though.

  1. Start with an index; it will help you organize as you add more pages to your journal. Number the pages as you make them and add the topic to your index, so you don’t need to flip the pages all over again to find something you need.
  2. Turn the next page and add a future log.  It should contain all your bigger plans for a whole year. The point is to have designated space for each month, and how you divide it up isn’t that crucial. You can do it however you want. I separate more significant projects from lesser ones, and call my future log “project list.” Now you see how much you can adjust it.
  3. The monthly log comes next. It should contain a calendar on the first and an obligation list on the second page. There you should jot down all of the things you need to get done that month.
  4. After that, you add your daily logs, where you write down your daily plans. Peek in your monthly registration if you don’t have an idea of what you could get done.

an example of an index spread for bullet journal

Tips and tricks

Search for different printables and spreads to see how other people are doing their bullet journals and how they break it down. Maybe you get some new ideas. There are so many of them online, most of them are free and even made for other people to use.

Improvize and make your spreads and logs. You only need a little bit of experience for it. I have a spending log (which I find very helpful) or an exam planner, for example.

Don’t be afraid to get artistic! You can use different fonts, or illustrate your spreads.

journal spread with a tree drawn on it

Lists are fun!  It can help you organize your hobbies, and help you achieve more in life. You can make all kinds of files: books to read, movies to watch, countries to visit, recipes, quotes, etc.

Practice! You will sometimes forget to write something down or make too detailed plans. Try not to write down every single thing. My advice is: If you can do something right now, do it! Don’t write “wash the dishes” if you are at home and you are free to do it instantly. If you feel like it, of course.

Good luck, have fun and get more productive!

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